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Understanding Organ Donation

Explore below for the details about giving the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

  • 5 Ways to Enroll in the New York State Donate Life RegistryDonate Life New York logo

    Every day more and more people are making the decision to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry. By signing up, you are making a heroic and potentially life-saving decision.

  • New York Donor Registry Q&AMyDMV website - NYS Donate Life Registry

    You’d like to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry. So, what do you have to do? This Q&A section will answer many of your questions.

  • 10 Facts About Organ Donation10 Facts About Organ Donation

    When you consider whether to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, it's very important that you make an informed decision. Here are 10 key facts that we hope will encourage you to give the Gift of Life.

  • Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently Asked Questions

    Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about organ and tissue donation.

  • VIDEO: Donation and Transplantation -- How Does It Work? VIDEO: Donation and Transplantation -- How Does It Work?

    This animated video explains organ, eye and tissue donation, and transplantation. Find out about the organ transplant waiting list, braIn death, how someone becomes a donor and the process of matching organs.

  • Religion and Organ DonationReligious symbols

    All major religions in the world view organ donation as act of charity or make it clear that it is a decision to be left up to the individual or family.

  • Understanding Brain DeathBrain xray

    Brain death is the total and irreversible loss of all brain function and the circumstance under which the donation of vital organs most commonly takes place.

  • Organs and Tissues for TransplantHeart and lung illustration from Gray's Anatomy.

    One individual can help many through organ and tissue donation. Learn about what organs and tissues can be donated and transplanted.

  • Quick Quizzes and Health Tipsorgan donation questions - magnifying glass

    Test your knowledge about organ, eye and tissue donation. Health tips allow you to find out how much you know about the organs that keep you alive!

  • Appropriate Donation TerminologyHeart by Hand - Shirley

    To show respect and sensitivity to those who give the Gift of Life and their loved ones, we request that these appropriate terms be used when referring to organ, eye and tissue donation.

  • Organ Donation and Transplant StatisticsImage of transplant waiting list data

    How many people are waiting for organ transplants? Get the the number of donors and organs transplanted in our area.

  • Pass Life On!

    Join the New York State organ donor registry.


  • Facts About Organ Donation

    • If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the FIRST PRIORITY for emergency physicians and nurses is to SAVE YOUR LIFE, regardless of whether or not you have registered to be an organ donor.
    • Everyone waiting for a transplant is treated fairly and with respect. Objective medical criteria determine how donated organs are allocated to patients on the transplant waiting list.
    • All major religions approve of organ donation.
    • Check out "10 Facts About Organ Donation"
  • Explore the Interactive Body

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    Explore the illustrated, interactive body to learn about the organs and tissues that can be transplanted.


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